Reviews: The James Plays, The Duel & Return to the Voice – Edinburgh Festivals

August 19, 2014

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The James Plays Festival Theatre Until August 22   The Duel EICC Until August 23   Return To The Voice St Giles Cathedral Until August 25   Reviewed by Mark Brown   “Some things can’t be conversational”, says King James I to his English queen, Joan, in the first of Rona Munro’s James Plays, a […]

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Reviews: The Pitiless Storm, Spoiling, Small War & Race – Edinburgh Fringe

August 11, 2014

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EDINBURGH THEATRE REVIEWS   The Pitiless Storm Assembly Rooms Until August 24; then touring until September 14   Spoiling Traverse Until August 24   Small War Traverse Until August 24   Race Assembly George Square Studios Until August 25   Reviewed by Mark Brown   If you thought it was painful watching Alex Salmond impaled […]

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Review: Thief, Hill Street Theatre

August 8, 2014

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Thief Genet-inspired monologue   Winston Churchill famously described the British Royal Navy as having been sustained by three things, namely, “rum, sodomy and the lash.” It is to just such a sexually dissolute and violent maritime society that we are taken by Liam Rudden’s Thief. A one-man play “inspired by” the writings of the great […]

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Preview: The Duel, EICC, Edinburgh

August 4, 2014

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Chekhov Brazilian style A three-hour long Chekhov production from Brazil could be one of the hit shows of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, writes Mark Brown “The word ‘Brazil’ means burning embers”, says theatre director Georgette Fadel. “We Brazilians believe in that potency, that heat and fire that can burn away the negative elements in our […]

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Preview: Return to the Voice, by Song of the Goat

August 1, 2014

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The latest Edinburgh Fringe show by acclaimed Polish theatre company Song of the Goat is inspired by Scotland’s musical traditions, writes Mark Brown The great Indian cultural theorist Homi Bhabha writes of “hybridity”, a cultural phenomenon in which artists bring together aesthetic influences from different times and different places to create new art forms. It […]

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Reviews: Henry IV & Henry V, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow

July 30, 2014

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THEATRE   Henry IV and Henry V Both at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow Until August 2   Reviewed by Mark Brown   Shakespeare’s telling, in two parts, of the story of Henry IV is seldom seen on the Scottish stage. It is a bold choice for a notoriously underfunded festival such as Bard in the Botanics. […]

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Review: The Tin Forest, South Rotunda, Glasgow (Daily Telegraph)

July 27, 2014

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Few events in the huge cultural programme that’s running parallel to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been anticipated quite as eagerly as the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Tin Forest. A mini festival in itself, it is presented in the splendid South Rotunda, one of two iconic, circular red brick buildings which (from the […]

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